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Brenda Tremblay

WXXI Classical 91.5 is thrilled to work with music teachers from the Rochester area and across New York State to support music education. Our Morning Drive host, Brenda Tremblay, gave a presentation at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) summer conference on how music educators can use the power of public radio in their classrooms to enhance their students’ musical experience. 

English novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley once said, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Sacred music is humanity’s ultimate effort to express what we cannot ever fully comprehend – beauty, wonder, happiness, peace.

The music Peter DuBois presents each week is listened to, sung, played, and loved on every continent, in almost every country on earth. It is an art that is marked by both great traditions and great changes. From Temple Psalmody to Gregorian chant, to Reformation and Revolution, to the 21st Century Church, sacred music has told the story of faith and spirituality through the centuries.

During our “Opera Intervention” on Connections, I promised that I would send some links to great opera productions that you can watch online. I’m still working on it!  But I thought you might enjoy this rather specific slice of opera life. 

What do you think of when you think of the musical instrument we know as an organ?  Do you think of the "king of instruments" often in a church with large wooden or shiny pipes reaching toward the heavens? ...a theater organ used to accompany silent movies? ...a monkey organ?  ...or are you instantly returned to your childhood with memories of riding a carousel?

Something New: Soundspace in Rochester

Jul 21, 2017

There’s a new “new music” company in town: Soundspace.  It is the creation of two Rochester-based musicians who are involved in projects both here at home and around the country: Jessica Best and Evan Meccarello.  The first concert is July 25th at the South Wedge Mission – and they plan more concerts bringing new music throughout the region, especially in new and unexpected venues.  Je

  BBC Proms is one of the world’s biggest classical music festivals, running this year from July 14th until September 9th. Starting July 28th, SymphonyCast (Fridays at 8pm on Classical 91.5) will broadcast performances from this year’s BBC Proms.

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While we celebrated the 300th anniversary of one of the world’s strangest gigs with Handel’s Water Music throughout the day on the radio on WXXI Classical 91.5, a few others were making a splash with some thoughts on Water Music. Here are a couple articles that caught my attention that I thought you might like too. 

Olivia Lopez

Once upon a time, my lips nearly melted off my face.

Thanks to Julie Philipp, the Democrat and Chronicle's senior engagement editor, I had the chance to tell a story from my personal life as part of a collection of true, first-person tales centered on the role music can play in defining who we are and how we express ourselves. Click here for "My Brief and Spectacular One-Day Career as an Adult Bassoonist."  

Let’s be honest.  

We take the understated beauty of the Erie Canal for granted.   It’s not the mighty Mississippi, but it was equally impactful in American history.  Think about it.  You can float from New York to Chicago on a waterway that adds European charm to small towns across the state.  

It’s small, lovely, and ours.

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest is just starting – 9 days of music in cafes, small clubs, big concert halls, free outdoor stages, recording studios, the public library, and classrooms…lunchtime concerts, afternoons and evenings of music, and late nights that spill into early mornings. There really seems to be something for every taste and approach.

Everyone will have their own list of what you should check out – and then those lists will change as everyone experience the music and discovers their new favorite sound.  You can catch up with my colleague Julia Figueras each day during Morning Edition on WXXI News (at approximately 8:43am) and then catch the Jazz Corner on WRUR at 10:30 each morning on Open Tunings with Scott Regan and Jeff Spevak.  

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